Reader Seamus made the following comment today on the Now We’re All Mulsims post.
"…….all I am saying is that we would get really pissed of if some Islamic Imam would tell us how to live our lives. We get really wound up if someone even mentions the idea of Sharia Law in the West. Why should we attempt to enforce our rules on them and then get wound up when they do the same to us?"
On the face of it, I would agree. I’m a keep out of my yard – to each his own, kind of woman. Heck, I wish my government would spend the next two years doing nothing more than repealing laws and defunding at least a fourth of their useless departments that squat all over my backyard. I can’t follow my own natural inclinations on this issue though, call me a hypocrite if it pleases you, but for the sake of my children and theirs, I’m going to have loud opinions on how they’re conducting their day-to-day life.
I would like to ignore the problems in the rest of the world, it would be so easy to quietly turn a blind eye to the brutality of the Muslim world and blithely call it acceptable cultural differences, but I can’t because it affects my world. Madrassas that brainwash boys to hate, intolerant theocratic countries that demand ideological conformity or death, societies that mutilate and condemn women to lives of ignorant poverty with no more status than livestock, dictators that brutalize, starve and murder their citizens to maintain power and in the process create generations of dysfunctional sociopaths. These people have a meaningful bearing on my society and I’m not going to be quiet about their backward, nihilistic behaviour.
We absolutely should intervene in these countries to alter their mindsets and bury these horrific cultural practices six feet under as quickly as possible. I’m not a fan of NGO’s usually, but they are trying to bring a number of much needed reforms to the Islamic world; education to girls and women, trying to drastically reduce FGM, extinguish the practice of child sex slaves as a norm, raise the age of females eligible for marriage, offer alternative, real education for boys outside of the madrassas, building schools, medical facilities, and participatory mediation outside of Islamic courts. These people have been so isolated by their governments and religion that they need robust outside intervention to jumpstart much needed change. I very firmly believe that we won’t see an end to Islamic Terrorism until these societies embrace our fundamental belief in human rights and equality for all men.
If we meddle enough we may end up living in a world where the term Islamic Terrorism is an anachronism. Watch this and tell me we shouldn’t try to insert our cultural ideals in the Middle East.